The Colloquy

Sleeps 16 - 23
Exclusive access to Pool in the afternoon
Perfect for Celebrations
Home Cinema
Hot Tub & Sauna
Squash court
Open Fire - logs chargeable £25 w/e £50 week
Walled Gardens
Family Friendly

Luxury Country House

The Colloquy is an exclusive-use venue located at the heart of the Whittern Estate. It is a stunning conversion of the Estate's Victorian stable-yard, which now enjoys modern luxury and excellent leisure facilities. Designed with imagination and flair, these historic Victorian stable buildings use space to its best advantage, creating a very special environment for business or pleasure.   

The standard rate for The Colloquy property sleeps 16, but you can upgrade to include an additional 7 full size single beds to sleep 23 (these beds are in mostly in galleried areas of existing bedrooms). For larger groups, The Forge The Lodge and Gardeners holiday cottages are adjacent to The Colloquy around the main courtyard and can be booked together with The Colloquy for exclusive use, to accommodate a total of 39 guests (16 bedrooms). Perfect for family reunions, girl's weekend away or group country pursuits. 

Pets not allowed (except in Gardeners if taken together). 


Sleeping 16 as a norm or 23 in total (including all our extra full size beds), all our comfortable beds come with Egyptian cotton linen as standard, and supplied with large white bath sheets and hand towels. All bedrooms have a small TV and a hairdryer.

Bedroom 1 (sleeps 4)

Kingsize bed. Large mezzanine area with gallery where there is one full size single day bed, and a separate area also with a full size day bed plus a 6 foot sofa. The bathroom has a double-ended bath with shower attachment.

Bedroom 2 (sleeps 3)

Kingsize bed. Mezzanine area with gallery with one full size single. This bedroom has a huge bathroom, as big as the bedroom, with a double-ended bath and large walk-in shower and a large 6 foot sofa to lounge on!

Bedroom 3 (sleeps 2)

Twin beds with en-suite shower and roll top bath. Bedroom three also shares a small kitchenette with bedroom 4 (self-contained, and we like the idea of being able to make yourself a cup of tea in the morning!)

Bedroom 4 (sleeps 2)

Super-king bed with en-suite and double-ended roll top bath. As above shares a kitchenette with bedroom 3. This bedroom is huge, light and has the added bonus of a comfortable sofa!

Bedroom 5 (sleeps 2)

Super-king bed or twin beds with en-suite shower and bath. This bedroom shares a kitchen and small dining room with bedroom 6, fully equipped with its own fridge and oven. From the lofty windows there is a clock view.

Bedroom 6 (sleeps 3)

Super-king four-poster bed, and an extra full size single bed with two bathrooms, one with a sink and toilet, one with a sink and shower. Bedroom 6 shares a kitchen/diner with bedroom 5, so a perfect family suite.

Bedroom 7 (sleeps 3)

Super-king bed with an additional full size single mezzanine. En-suite wet room with additional bed and double-ended roll top bath on mezzanine balcony. Separate dressing room and sole use of the kitchen in the Discourse.

Bedroom 8 (sleeps 4)

Twin beds on mezzanine, kingsize bed downstairs. This is a large self contained studio apartment with a fully equipped kitchen, sitting area and wet room - perfect for a family/couple who like their own space.


There are five well-equipped kitchens spread throughout the property, making self-catering much easier. The largest is next to The Parley dining room, with a double range cooker, and a large American style fridge. There is also one in the open-plan Discourse banqueting room, with a double range cooker and a fridge freezer. There are three smaller kitchens located in some of the self contained bedroom areas, two with their own fridge, cooker, kettle and toaster. There is plenty of crockery, cutlery, glasses, cookware and pans etc for even our largest of parties (eg 80 items of each crockery, wine glasses and tumblers!).  


Squash Court (indoor shoes only, balls and rackets provided)
Badminton (to set up in the gardens - rackets and shuttle cocks provided)
Table tennis (worth bringing a few balls as we just provide the one!)
The Old Potting Shed: a hot tub, sauna, changing rooms and shower
5m x 10m outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September) with sun-loungers. Fenced for safety and 1.2m (4’) deep.
One hectare landscaped walled garden with outdoor seating for up to 23 guests

Sitting Rooms

The Parley

Sitting whole party - 3 large sofas, large ottoman, bench seat
Dining whole party - 16 basic
Corporate: board meeting - 16 

Houses a full media center (specifications on request) with Wi-Fi, OHP & presentation screen. It can be a sleek meeting room/board room in the day, an impressive dining room in the evening, and an intimate studio cinema by night. Opens onto the extensive walled gardens with outdoor seating space for up to 24. The TV is a SMART TV. There is a large collection of films and music on our media centre, but otherwise there is a DVD player should you want to bring your own. There is connectivity to an IPod from the computer, and this is played on the surround sound speakers.

The Clock View

The perfect place for cocktails before dinner, or sitting away from the main group if you need a bit of P and Q! Roomy enough for a gathering. For a meeting, it is a perfect break off meeting room with three comfortable sofas.

The Tack Room

This cosy panelled sitting room with an open fire is the perfect snug. A great place to sit with a good book and a glass of wine to relax at the end of the day. There is a second TV in here so you don't need to be glued to cartoons if you fancy watching the rugby! For our corporate guests this can provide a third comfortable meeting room with three sofas.

The Discourse

Lofty double height room with exposed beams; this can be a comfortable and spacious sitting area with a third TV.  A great communal space with a dining room at one end and an L-shaped kitchen at the other. It can be cleared to seat a large party of up to 40 people on our long extendable tables, and opens onto the courtyard, which is a lovely space for a drinks party on a summer evening. Alternatively our corporate guests will enjoy using a second boardroom table area; the TV has scart lead sockets so you can hook up your laptop.

The Whisper

This is the small dining area between bedrooms 5 and 6, it provides a further break off area for our corporate guests, or a place to feed the kids before putting them to bed, away from the hubbub of the rest of the party.

Enjoy a taste of Herefordshire

We can provide a range of different options if you wish to take advantage of a catering service. We recommend that you liaise with the caterer of your choice directly, but we can do this for you at additional cost. All caterers can also supply their own waiters and waitresses. Our most regularly used chefs are listed below. Our two girls Sarah and Loopy, both come highly recommended and are very proficient and efficient chefs. Both Jamie and the Cider Barn have worked with us for many years and can offer a huge variety of different dishes. Simon and Meg are still relatively new to us but great feedback from the guests who have used them

Sarah Norman

An excellent local chef who can be on hand at short notice to help. Sarah can cater for anything from casual dinner parties to formal meals. Contact Sarah on 07989 978319 or

Laura “Loopy” Folkes

Laura is a local chef who offers private catering with all the trimmings. She is very flexible and happy to cater for groups of any size, and stays of any length. Laura can deliver ready-made and home-cooked meals which cater for a wide range of dietary requirements. She is happy to provide tailor-made menus or to cater for your menu ideas. Please contact her on 07812 102345 or

Jamie Yardley

Jamie can cook any style of cuisine to a very high standard. Of particular note is his Italian catering, which is very good value, and authentic too. His wife makes the most delicious spanish omelettes - tortillas. Please contact him on 07525 237499 or


Simon is another local chef, grew up on a farm in Herefordshire. He will
 tailor everything to your specific needs using only the finest local ingredients , he has forged strong links with local farmers and butchers.  Please contact him on on 07494 797321 or visit

C I D E R   B A R N   C A T E R I N G

Local restaurant and catering company
01544 388161 or or


Meg is another talenetd Herefordshire chef and will cater for oyur needs, from intimate dinners to the more formal ones.  Meg is known for her edible gifts.  Please contact her on 07964065477 or email her at


Exclusive access to heated outdoor Swimming Pool, apart from 8am to 12 midday daily (summer only). Welcome pack of local produce on arrival. Squash Court . Sauna. Hot Tub . Table Tennis . Badminton . WiFi . TVs . Media Centre . Cinema ,  Grand Piano . Washer/Dryer . Dishwasher . American Fridge . Open Fire . Linen provided . Towels provided (robes available at extra cost - £10 each) . BBQ . Hair dryers . Iron & board 


What our Guests say

"The Colloquy is the perfect setting for our New Year's retreat. Not only is the setting idyllic with beautiful gardens and gorgeous walks but the house itself perfectly suits our every need - large rooms and spacious, comfortable bedrooms." Ceri Walden
"This year marked our 7th year at the Colloquy and we haven't been able to find anything anywhere in the country that can rival it! We'll definitely be back!" - Katie Grifiths
“What an incredible house! We had the most magical weekend and I would highly recommend the Colloquy to anyone! Fantastic all round” Emily Stala (London)
Lovely week. Marvellous spacious rooms, excellent activities – squash pool, hottub etc. Great garden for an Easter Egg Hunt” – Tyte, Reeves and McGowan families (W Sussex Hampshire and Cambridge) – 11 April 2014
“What a wonderful surprise! Having been kidnapped by my family on my 70th birthday to arrive at the Colloquy. I WAS BLOWN AWAY! Beautiful house and setting enjoyed by all.” Tom Cropper and Family, Lancs. August 2013
The Colloquy is just fabulous. We loved the swimming pool, the 18th-century clock tower and the walled landscaped gardens – so much so, that it was almost a struggle to make it to Hay itself- Bryony Gordon- The Telegraph

The Colloquy Courtyard

Private Rentals




Platinum Maid Service - extra full clean on departure for the time-pressed - £200
Daily Maid service - £15 per hour
Garden Flowers, Champagne and Chocolates in all bedrooms - £30 per Bedroom
Delicacy Hamper brimming with Herefordshire produce - £30
Private cheffing/catering - we can offer the whole package on request

A 25% deposit is required on booking, with the remainder of payment required eight weeks prior to arrival. 

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